I find personally, it gives you such great insight into your own thought processes and how that works with your own emotions.
That's the kind of basis of things like cognitive behavioral therapy. There's that kind of psychological mental health aspect to writing, which I think is great.
Participants will have the option to ‘match’ with other participants.
Podcast: Download (Duration: — 43.4MB)Subscribe: Android | RSSIf you want to have a long and successful writing career, then you need to look after your body as well as your mind. So it's kind of cradle-to-grave stuff, from birth to babies to kids, end of life, and everything in between as well.
And if you're following your passion, it's hard to see how that's bad for your health anyway. If you're connecting with people about something you feel passionate about.
Euan: So as you said there, I'm a GP, a general practitioner. Basically, we look after everyone outside of hospitals in the community.The picture must clearly show the participant's face--no sunglasses, masks, no group pictures.Shirtless or revealing pictures will not be permitted.The objective of the study is to examine how short conversations between strangers evolve over time.Before the study session, participants will be asked to provide a 'profile picture' of themselves to be used in the study.She's my regular companion, and she's the one that keeps me honest.Joanna: Yeah, which is awesome, and you have some lovely pictures of you running around the area, don't you?It's incredibly powerful, and there are some quite good studies that have shown, even with a simple thing like a gratitude journal, and even just once a week, writing down five things weekly. But actually, the research has gone a little bit further as well, and it can actually help your physical health.There were some California psychologists who had a great study that showed, actually, it really massively improved personal well-being, and people felt much better. I think because of those improvements in your mental health, that can improve your sleep, and getting your sleep right can be a bit of a superpower.In today's show, I discuss how to be a healthy writer with my co-author, Dr Euan Lawson. Euan is a British medical doctor and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He's also my cowriter for “The Healthy Writer: Reduce Your Pain, Improve Your Health, and Build a Writing Career for the Long Term.” We're so excited to bring it to you, aren't we, Euan? I've done a lot of work as well with people who have addictions, in the past, particularly to alcohol, but heroin, crack, amphetamines, and people who inject drugs. I guess most of my writing has been medical in the past, and particularly related to those special interests as well, and about habits and addictions.We talk about why writing is great for your health, as well as the most common issues that writers face in terms of physical and mental health, plus we share our personal stories of pain and recovery – as well as my story of breaking sugar addiction. I've written for academic publications and textbooks.